Capitals Extend Defenseman Bobby Nardella

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CapFriendly is reporting that the Washington Capitals have extended defensive prospect Bobby Nardella. The two sides have agreed on a two-year extension that will keep the 25-year-old under contract through 2022-23.

The contract carries the minimum NHL salary of $750K and is two-way this coming season, at $110K in the minors, before transitioning to one-way in year two.

Nardella, also signed by Capitals scout Danny Brooks, saw the COVID shutdown coming and signed for a full season with Djurgarden in the Swedish Hockey League. He thrived on the team, leading all skaters in points, driving Djurgarden’s power play and providing leadership by the end of the season.

Nardella recorded 33 points in 47 games this year in just his second professional season. He led Djurgardens in scoring and finished in the top five among SHL defenseman.

The only downside for his development year was a knee injury he sustained towards the end of the season. The MRI’s have come back negative, but it was decided that Nardella not join the Bears for additional games at the end of the season.

Nardella’s size will always be a concern at the NHL level, but his shot and scoring capabilities could offset that. He will get a look by the Capitals at some point in the coming season.

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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